Good afternoon! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

DEADLY BUS STOP CRASH

JERSEY CITY — A New York man has been sentenced to five years in prison in a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman sitting at a New Jersey bus stop. SENT: About 400 words.

NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWER

NEW YORK — An 80-story office building set to open this week at the World Trade Center will be the third completed skyscraper at the site where the twin towers stood. By Karen Matthews. SENT: About 850 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL AQUAPONICS PROGRAM

WILLINBORO — Room 301 teems with life as students farm fish and grow pesticide-free vegetables without soil. Willingboro High School students built an aquaponics system that relies on a 400-gallon tank filled with tilapia. "The plants need the fish and the fish need the plants," explained junior Tamia Davidson as she demonstrated how the system works. Kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and mint plants grow with their roots suspended in water on tables connected to the tilapia tank. Fish waste is pumped into the water containers where the plant roots absorb the waste's nutrients. This process filters the water, which gets pumped back into the tilapia tank. "It goes in a cycle over and over again," Davidson said. By Julia Marmin, Cherry Hill Courier Post. SENT: About 520 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

POLICE SHOOTING-STRIP MALL — Officials say there is no public safety concern following a shooting at a New Jersey shopping center in New Jersey.

FIRE-HISTORIC CHURCH — Authorities say a downed electrical pole sparked a fire that heavily damaged a historic church in Cape May, New Jersey.

RIGHT WHALE DEATHS — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is teaming up with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on a bill aimed at protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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